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England v West Indies – live!

11th June 2012

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“Yeah Obama Talk Nah” Here’s the latest edition of The Two Chucks from our old friends Jarrod Kimber and Sampson Collins.

10.54am “Bell would be a good replacement for Pietersen in the ODI squad,” says Michael Daniels. “He shouldn’t have been be out of the team anyway.” I’m not sure. He’s had so many chances and never quite fulfilled his potential. Where do you play him? Cook and Bell probably don’t have enough muscle to open the batting together, Trott and Morgan will presumably bat No3 and 4, and you generally want six-hitters from No5 downwards. Bell has only hit 15 in 108 ODIs. Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, high-class strokeplayers just don’t crack one-day cricket. Michael Vaughan, Matt Prior and Michael Slater are three good examples.

10.40am Got anything to talk about? This trailer looks good. England are playing football today. Revenge is on TV tonight. The weather’s nice isn’t it? A little brisk.

10.35am The covers are on at Edgbaston, and it’s raining lightly. So we certainly won’t start on time at 11am.

A statistical oddity/Desperate attempt to kill dead air or whatever the internet equivalent is With Jimmy Anderson (30.05) and Stuart Broad (30.42) rested, England have four bowlers whose Test averages are in the twenties: Tim Bresnan (26.09), Steven Finn (27.42), Graeme Swann (28.57) and Graham Onions (29.90) This does not happen too often.

If you missed it over the weekend, the Marlon Samuels interview after eight minutes of this link is great fun.

Preamble Morning. Not every Test series can end with a bang. Often the final day of the final Test peters out gently, with a hazy end-of-term mood. It’s a chance to reflect on what we’ve learned in the series, and also to have some fun, whether it’s Graham Gooch and Mark Ramprakash doing impressions of other bowlers, or Alec Stewart turning into a demon fast bowler. It’s also a chance to wish our life away, because at some stage the hazy end-of-term mood will inevitably morph into boredom. (That clip contains grown-up’s language by the way.)

There’s a chance we could have an exciting finish to this game, but it’s an anorexic one. England will resume on 221 for five, needing 56 more to avoid the follow-on. Ian Bell, who has quietly averaged 115 in this series, needs 24 more to become the first Warwickshire player to score a Test hundred at Edgbaston. England should save the match comfortably. It might not matter anyway because the weather forecast isn’t great.

I’m not selling this very well, am I? Er, keep pressing F5 please! Please.


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